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Fly Fishing the New River
Epic Battle on the Fly Buggin' on the Fly
Fly fishing for smallmouth bass on the New River can be simply fantastic! From mid-river feeding flats to shady bank cover to rocky-cobbled runs, the New River has ample structure to target big, mature (18"+) smallmouth effectively on the fly.
Our self-bailing rafts with drop-stitched floors are custom-designed with the fly fisherman in mind. With few add-ons that fly lines can catch on and stable floors, our rafts are very comfortable to cast from on an all-day adventure.
Late-April through early-October is typically the best time for fly anglers (with mid-July through mid-September being the optimal time for the "big fish" top water bite). The spring and early-summer usually finds us hunting for the big ones with sub-surface flies such as streamers and crayfish imitations. With the warmer water of summer comes some fantastic top water action on bugs, poppers, sliders, and divers. The cooler waters of fall will find us targeting hungry smallmouth feeding heavily for winter with sub-surface flies and bait fish imitations.
We suggest a 7-wt or 8-wt rod with either a 2X or 3X tapered leader and either 8 or 10-pound tippet (depending on conditions). Please see our setup page for more details on fly gear.
Guide Note: Britt's favorite time to fly fish the New River, and your best chance at monster smallmouth on the fly, is late-July through early-September. All on top!
We also guide for muskies on the fly. Check out our Southern Musky Guide Service website or give us a ring at 540-921-7438 for more information.
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